PORTLAND, OR – Effective Jan. 1, Becky Cobb will be the deputy director of Multnomah County Library. Selected after a national search, Cobb will oversee daily operations of the 17-library system with direct management authority for the library’s support services, including budget and finance, human resources, technical services and collection development, facilities and security, and marketing and communications. Cobb has been with Multnomah County Library for 20 years and was most recently the library’s budget and finance manager.
Multnomah County Library is the largest public library in the state of Oregon, serving roughly one-fifth of the state’s population. The library has 482 FTEs and an annual budget of $63 million. Last year Multnomah County Library circulated more than 21 million items, the highest circulation nationwide among libraries serving populations of less than 1 million.